Recharge electric vehicles at The Executive Inn at New Lambton and The Gateway Inn at Mayfield

Electric Dreams: Slava Kozlovski finds this Tesla electric car to be quite roomy.

Electric Dreams: Slava Kozlovski finds this Tesla electric car to be quite roomy.

Remember the movie Who Killed the Electric Car?

The 2006 documentary explored motives for why the auto and oil industries “killed off the electric car”.

But that was a decade ago. Electric cars are making a comeback.

Tesla Motors have been getting lots of attention for selling electric cars.

Other car manufacturers like General Motors are also producing this type of vehicle.

In Australia, car makers with electric vehicles on the market include Nissan ($55,000), BMW ($70,000) and Tesla ($130,000).

We’re not sure how many people in the Hunter are driving electric cars.

Nevertheless, The Wests Group clearly thinks these vehicles have a future.

It has joined forces with Tesla to provide areas to recharge electric vehicles at its hotels, The Executive Inn at New Lambton and The Gateway Inn at Mayfield.

The Wests Group chief executive Philip Gardner said Tesla approached the organisation because of the hotels’ prime location.

“Tesla is installing power wall connectors at convenient locations around Australia to accommodate the needs of the growing number of Tesla car users,” Mr Gardner said.

“The connectors have been installed across both hotels, with the aim of making charging as simple as possible.”

Given this turn of events, we reckon there should be a new movie called Who Saved the Electric Car?.

As it turns out, there was a movie released in 2011 with this working title, later renamed Revenge of the Electric Car.

Newcastles Galore

Topics reported on Monday about the Newcastles of the World Conference, which is happening this week in Canada.

You see, there’s a Newcastle in Ontario and quite a few other places around the globe.

Former Newcastle councillor Bob Cook made contact, letting us know he was attending the conference.

“I am in Canada attending on behalf of the lord mayor, who's uncertain future prevented her attending,” Bob said.

Bob Cook is attending the Newcastles of the World Conference.

Bob Cook is attending the Newcastles of the World Conference.

We checked with the council on this point. The lord mayor’s office responded by saying the conference was “not a priority for an incumbent lord mayor to attend”.

Bob continued: “I was a councillor in 2012 (now retired) and represented our city at the event in Newcastle upon Tyne.

“I organised to be driving across Canada on holiday this year, so I could meet up again with acquaintances from other Newcastles.

“My wife Lyn and I have been to at least 10 Newcastles in many countries and hope to go to the next event in Japan in two years.”

Ten Newcastles! That is mightily impressive, Bob.

Bob continued: “For me, the big subject being finalised this week is the 'Newcastles Passport', which I will be discussing with our tourism people when I return”.

One of the conference themes was to ensure the “continued vitality of our town centres”.

This sounds like a good one for our Newcastle.  

Home Truths

When we hear those stories about organ harvesting of persecuted people in China, it sends shivers down our spine.

Falun Gong practitioners at a gathering in Newcastle on Monday.

Falun Gong practitioners at a gathering in Newcastle on Monday.

A bunch of people, Falun Gong practitioners to be precise, stopped in Newcastle on Monday as part of a “100-City SOS car tour across Australia”.

They were raising awareness about persecution in China, including the killing of people who practice Falun Gong to “traffic their vital organs”. Yikes!

They also preached their message of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. 

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